Perfect Match

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What is that, you might ask? It’s an insert grid made of 100% recycled cardboard, which is how I package my cookies. Two cookies fit cozily inside each partition. The grids are made by Atlantic Pulp in North Haven, Connecticut, which is owned by our good friends Jim and Ann Marie Bango. We’ve been friends for years, but there’s more to the story. See, I fixed Jim and Ann Marie up, and they’ve been happily married for over thirteen years.

It was kind of a no-brainer. I mean, here were these two amazing people, one recently divorced, and one recently widowed. It was summer and we were throwing a lot of parties, and my devious plan was to invite them both to the same ones. After a few of these parties at which both Ann Marie and Jim happened to be in attendance, Jim took me aside and said, “I’m not an idiot. I see where you’re going with this. I’ll take it from here.” That’s Jim for you. But he was right. He did get it and he did take it from there and now Jim and Ann Marie are inseparable. In fact, they are as perfect a fit for each other as their grid inserts are for my cookies, which is saying a lot.

Laura Hurwitz